11.07.03.01

.01 Definitions.

A. In these regulations, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) "Abandoned vehicle" has the same meaning as defined in Transportation Article, §25-201(b), Annotated Code of Maryland.

(2) "Authority" means the Maryland Transportation Authority.

(3) Authority Property.

(a) "Authority property" means property owned, leased, operated by, or under the control of the Maryland Transportation Authority.

(b) Authority property includes a:

(i) Transportation facilities project as defined in Transportation Article, §4-101, Annotated Code of Maryland; and

(ii) Authority highway as defined in Transportation Article, §21-1401, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(4) "Chief of Police" means the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Force's chief police officer.

(5) "Disabled vehicle" means a vehicle that has become inoperative on Authority property.

(6) "Heavy recovery" means the ability to tow a vehicle having a gross vehicle weight of 80,000 pounds of more.

(7) "Heavy recovery equipment" means a heavy-duty tow truck with a heavy-duty hydraulic wheel lift.

(8) "Impounded vehicle" means a vehicle that has been taken into police custody.

(9) "Park", "parking", or "parked" has the meaning stated in Transportation Article, §11-144, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(10) "Permit" means a permit to engage in towing, road service, or storage of vehicles disabled or impounded on Authority property, issued in accordance with these regulations.

(11) "Permittee" means a towing service company that has been granted a permit by the Chief of Police or the Chief's designee to provide towing, road service, and storage of vehicles on Authority property.

(12) "Person" means a natural person, partnership, corporation, fiduciary, association, or other business entity.

(13) "Police" means:

(a) A person designated as a member of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Force under Transportation Article, §4-208, Annotated Code of Maryland; or

(b) A police officer as defined under Public Safety Article, §3-201(e), Annotated Code of Maryland.

(14) "Police Communication Center" means the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Force's communication unit that oversees the dispatch of police, and support personnel and vehicles (i.e., fire, EMS, maintenance, and tow truck, etc.) for both customary and emergency calls.

(15) "Road service" means adjustments, repairs, or other vehicle service, including tire repair or replacement, of a minor nature, not requiring more than 1 hour of work or the use of specialized, nonportable equipment.

(16) "State" means the State of Maryland.

(17) "Towing service company" means a person or company that is licensed to provide commercial towing, road service, and storage of vehicles, but does not include persons towing or servicing their own vehicles.

(18) Unattended Vehicle.

(a) "Unattended vehicle" means a vehicle that:

(i) Is parked on Authority property other than in a designated area; and

(ii) Has not been occupied or attended for a period of 12 or more hours.

(b) "Unattended vehicle" does not include an abandoned vehicle as defined under Transportation Article, §25-201, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(19) "Vehicle" has the meaning stated in Transportation Article, §11-176, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(20) "Zone" means a specific part of Authority property, which is delineated by the Chief of Police or the Chief's designee, that identifies a particular area for which a towing service company may apply for a permit under these regulations.